What becomes of an auto company whose designer - and brand’s namesake - decides to leave the company? That’s the awkward position Vandenbrink Design BV has found itself in after the Dutch coachbuilder’s designer, Michiel van den Brink, left the company to return to his roots as an independent designer.

If you’re not all too familiar with the brand, we really can’t blame you since the company is pretty much known for producing custom vehicles tailored after exclusive supercars. In fact, one of van den Brink’s biggest achievements was designing the Vandenbrink 599 GTO, a car that was built as a tribute of sorts to the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO and was bestowed with a number of design awards, including the Good Design Award 2008 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Now that van den Brink has all but left the company in the hands of his partner Robert Koumans, it remains to be seen as to what direction the new company, which will now be called "Atelier Michiel van den Brink", will take after its lead designer leaves for greener - or so we think - pastures.


Source: Vandenbrink

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  (577) posted on 06.23.2011

Well, I really don’t think this is a vintage car. Actually, I find it kind identical to Maserati platform. BTW, I think the red paint job looks perfect on this car.

  (488) posted on 06.23.2011

hmm. It seems that they have copied the name of this car on Ferrari though the look is different. The speed performance of this car wasn’t mentioned here.. I just wonder if it performs just like a Ferrari 599.

  (340) posted on 04.25.2010

Good job! The design really looks flashy and cool but what about the car’s performance.

  (612) posted on 04.22.2010

Looks more like a ford GT to me because of it’s rear end.

  (570) posted on 04.21.2010

I doubt it, Is the ground clearance is meant to be that low to gain more aerodynamic and grip on the ground?

  (780) posted on 04.21.2010

Looks like a collaboration of ferrari GTO’s front end and rear end of the Vette’ and for shelby.

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